Lesbian Couples Workshop – September 23-24

Lesbian Couples Workshop – September 23-24

lesbian couples workshop

September 23-24, 2017 (SAT 1:00pm-6:00pm, SUN 9:00am – 5:30pm)


What is the Lesbian Couples Workshop?

As a Certified Imago Therapist, Michele O’Mara has created a unique blend of all that is amazing about the Getting the Love You Want Imago Therapy weekend, with specific skills, resources, information and exercises designed specially for same-sex couples.  The Lesbian Couples Workshop is an incredible opportunity for same-sex couples from across the United States to spend a weekend intentionally focused on creating (or improving) an OUTstanding relationship! The weekend is a unique blend of education (concrete skills, and information about improving your relationship), processing (discussion of the new skills and information shared), and exercises (done privately with your own partner – not in front of the group).


REGISTER at least 30 days prior to the weekend to save $100




What Can I expect to gain from the Lesbian Couples Workshop?

  • Learn the 10 essential ingredients of an OUTstandingrelationship and how to apply them to your relationship
  • Learn new skills to improve your communication and connection with your partner
  • Participate in your own in-depth relationship review
  • Create a personalized relationship improvement plan
  • A fun weekend spent with other same-sex couples in a comfortable setti

Will we have to talk about our personal issues in front of other couples?

There will be opportunities for couples to volunteer to role-play a skill, but your level of disclosure about your relationship is entirely up to you. You do not have to share anything about your relationship with the other couples that you do not want to.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that your benefit directly correlates to your sharing, howwwwwever, the choice remains yours.

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What kind of couples will be there?

The Lesbian Couples Workshop is open to gay and lesbian couples. This is a great resource for any couple. You may already have a strong relationship and use The Weekend as a way to tune-in to and tune-up your relationship, or you may be struggling to find your way back to each other. There will be a mixture of couples – some functioning better than others, but all with a desire to improve their relationship!



Can you describe what The Weekend will be like once we are there?

We will convene in a meeting room around a large table that is casual, intimate and functional. There will be breaks to stretch and snack (beverages/snacks provided).

There will be a blend of education (lectures), process (discussion about what we are learning as it applies to your relationship), and exercises. All exercises are done privately with your partner, separate from the group. Michele O’Mara will observe each couple doing their exercises and be available to guide and support your individual work.


What makes this such a good financial investment in our relationship?

This is less than half the cost of the equivalent amount of couple’s counseling! Payment plans are available if necessary, and we do accept Visa and Mastercard as payment options.




How does The Weekend compare to couple’s counseling?

The Weekend is about building OUTstanding relationships. The emphasis is on strengthening relationships, creating a hopeful, forward-moving momentum on which you can continue building and strengthening your relationship. Though this is not counseling, and in many ways it is more like an intensive class on relationships, The Weekend does offer you all of the benefits of counseling and more. The Weekend is designed to bring out the best in both you and your partner, for the good of your relationship.


Other than the fact this sounds like exactly what we need, are there other compelling reasons to do this workshop?

  • Receive 75% more for your investment than you would in couples counseling – and gain more immediately useful information to put into action right now. For the same cost as 2.5 couple’s counseling sessions, you can receive 12 hours of tools, education, counseling and a rare opportunity for peer-couples support and inclusion in a community of health-oriented couples!  12 hours of couple’s counseling = $1560 or 12 hours of couple’s weekend = $550 ($275 each), if you register 15 days in advance, or $650 ($325 each) if  you register less than 15 days prior to the workshop.
  • Expedite your healing, insight, and relationship growth.  Receive three months worth of counseling in one weekend by attending The Couples Workshop!!
  • Enjoy the benefit of learning from other couples, their experiences, and gain insight and support from other couples that you can not get anywhere else!
  • It is actually not only beneficial to your relationship, it is an enjoyable experience, and you are sure to laugh and meet new friends.


If we are traveling from out of town, do you have any tips about where to stay?


Because my office is 15 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport, there are many hotels in the area.  If you search my office address online, you can look for nearby hotels that way (2680 E Main Street, Plainfield, IN 46168).  Also, if you are wanting to be downtown Indianapolis, that is only roughly 20 minutes away.

While I’ve never been inside, there is a motel within walking distance to my office and it was renovated in 2014.   A call to them informed me that one-bed room is $59/night and two-bed room is roughly $65/night.

Whitehouse Motel 
2688 E Main St, Plainfield, IN 46168

What do other couples who have done the Lesbian Couples Workshop have to say about it?

  • “I learned a huge, vulnerable spot for [my partner] and saw how it plays out in our relationship. Also, I identified a big hole in my past that affects how I connect with her.”
  • “Michele was funny, entertaining, and so wise with wonderful words of wisdom, compassion and understanding.”
  • “You must be willing to explore your inner depths. If you are willing, you will be rewarded many times over.”
  • “I have learned many things about my partner and myself that I didn’t have a clue this is why I sometimes act the way we do. The communication style is going to be helpful for us!”
  • “This experience was life changing!!!”
  • “It was phenomenal.”
Lesbian Couples Workshop – From Conflict to Connection

Lesbian Couples Workshop – From Conflict to Connection

Lesbian Couples Workshop

From Conflict to Connection (Part I) (workshop access in-person and online)

SUNDAY, 9 APRIL 2017   |   09:00AM – 05:30PM



Description of From Conflict to Connection, Lesbian Couples Workshop (part I)

This is PART I of a two-part workshop.  Each workshop is a stand-alone experience and does not require that you attend the other.  However, if you do wish to take both, you receive a 15% discount on the second workshop (and the order doesn’t matter).  This workshop offers you very specific research based skills to improve your relationship.  The research has been conducted by John Gottman, author or many books on relationships, including, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

In this two-part lesbian couples workshop, I will address 12 skills.  We will cover six specific relationship skills in each of the separate one-day-workshops.  Part of Dr. Gottman’s claim to fame is that he can predict a relationship’s demise by whether or not couples engage in certain behaviors.

In the Lesbian Couples Workshop Part I, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

  • How do we make our relationship a place that feels good to both of us?
  • What is the single most powerful change we can make to encourage a greater feeling of connection and mutual understanding?
  • How can we approach tough issues so that we are likely to hear and respect each other’s point of view?
  • What is the number one behavior that leads to a relationship breakup, and how can we protect ourselves from this?
  • If we feel like we are constantly being criticized by each other, how can we break that cycle and create greater understanding and a more positive outcome?
  • What is the number one way to eliminate defensiveness from our relationship?

Regarding sharing and self-disclosure.

This is a common question/concern for couples.  However, it is up to each couple what and how much you decide to share. This is not a therapy group, as much as it is a relationship skill-building class.  This is a content-heavy class, with a strong emphasis on research-based information that will be used to improve your relationship skills.  There will be a lot of information to digest. We will not be processing individual couple’s issues, however, we will be discussing common experiences, frustrations and concerns that the new skills can help address.

What happens after the workshop?

Over the years I have learned that my workshops offer people a chance to make new couple friends, and I work to support your continued contact.  I have also learned that if you do not put this information to use, you will not maximize your benefit. Toward that end, I provide the following two options for you once the workshop ends.
  • Connect with New Couple Friends:  A hidden benefit of these workshops is the opportunity to connect with other couples.  Toward that end, you will be invited to join a groupme text group with your fellow classmates, and communicate with them after class ends.
  • Email Reminders with Class Content and Exercises:  I am planning to create a series of follow-up emails to give you reminders each week for six weeks following the workshop.  These emails will offer you a reminder about the suggested activities for you to practice once you leave the training. You will also be provided with handouts.
  • Lesbian Couples Workshop – From Conflict to Connection (Part I).  If you find this experience helpful, there is a part two to this workshop, and because you have enrolled in this one, you receive a 15% discount on the next one, should you decide to participate.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS $315 PER COUPLE (click)  $157.50 PER PARTNER (if paying separately)

The Lesbian Couples Workshop will introduce you to  six specific skills that help you prevent conflict, as well as increase connection.

  1. Create a positive relationship environment.
  2. Interrupt unproductive conflicts with this new behavior.
  3. Start all tough conversations so you are guaranteed a better outcome.
  4. Recognize and change the number one behavior that leads to a breakup.
  5. Transform criticism into greater understanding and compassion.
  6. Redirect defensiveness into powerful insights and new responses.


  • 9:00am-12:30pm: Skills 1-3
  • 12:30pm-1:45pm: lunch on your own
  • 1:45pm-5:15pm: Skills 4-6
  • 5:15pm-5:30pm:  Wrap-up

Workbooks provided.  (PDF workbooks for those registered online)


  • In-person location is located at Office Suites West, 2680 E Main Street, Plainfield, IN 46168 (seats for 8 couples available)
  • Online access is available for 8 couples via zoom.us (details provided upon registration)

Reference Books by John Gottman


REGISTRATION Payment Options:

$315 PER COUPLE  [click here]

$157.50 PER PARTNER (if paying separately) [click here]


Once you make payment, I will contact you with details about the WORKSHOP, “Lesbian Couples Workshop:  From Conflict to Connection”  Be sure you check your email associated with your Paypal Account, or email me if you would like me to contact you at a different email.


If you cancel within 15 days of the workshop your payment will be refunded.  If you cancel within less than 15 days of the workshop the deposit will not be refunded unless there is an unforeseen emergency such as death or illness. Break-ups are not considered an unforeseen emergency – you can attend even if you have broken up.  In fact, I recommend it!

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While I have completed all three levels of the Gottman Clinical Training, I have not pursued Gottman certification, as I more closely align with the principles of Imago therapy.  Thus, I am Gottman educated and Imago certified.  Both schools of thought are valuable resources for couples wishing to depend their connection, and strengthen their relationship.  As with most of my workshops, I have tailored this workshop to lesbian relationships, as that has been my area of speciality for the past two decades.  Therefore, this workshop is not an Art & Science of Love workshop by Gottman, nor is it a Getting the Love You Want workshop by Harville Hendrix. This is a workshop designed specifically by me, based on my work with lesbian couples, emphasizing how to apply the research gathered by Dr. John Gottman.